Buddhism in America and Japan

Grandmother's influence on decision to go to Japan Band-Aid realization Japanese influence growing up Looking at your country from the outside Buddhism in America and Japan Wife's family in Japan

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We were brought up as Buddhists. And as I said, it wasn’t just religion. The church was the center of help for everyone, for all the Isseis and Niseis that were struggling. So in America, because religion is such an important part of everyone’s life, we attended Sunday school, church on Sunday. And a friend of mine—interesting— when he came to Japan, one Sunday, when we were at the university in Tokyo, he went to a temple in Tokyo. He was wandering around on Sunday, and he asked the priest, “When does the service start?” And the priest looked at him with a strange look and said, “What service?” because the Buddhist religion, the way it’s practiced here, is so different from how it’s practiced in the States.

Date: November 28, 2003
Location: Saga, Japan
Interviewer: Art Nomura
Contributed by: Art Nomura, Finding Home.

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